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Old 03-21-2005, 10:12 AM   #29
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OK, Airstreams are an American icon, but Makita makes wonderful "woman sized tools" Those wonderful little men who brought us Pearl Harbor are smaller than American men .... in ways which I can only imagine ... but this is about power tools. The grips on most Makita are just a tad smaller than Craftsman, etc., so they are a lot easier to control.

Makita makes small orbital sanders, a small circular saw that is easy to handle and control and a lot of other tools that seem unusually well designed from an ergonomic standpoint. I'm left handed, so I'm especially concerned with finding tools that aren't biased toward right handed people. Browse and enjoy, and get some big dumb blond (male) to show you around the hardware store.

By the way, my one rule is DON'T BUY CHEAP TOOLS! A very experienced person can use poor tools. The less experience you have the more you need the tool to compensate.

As for men, they have their uses. Put one in cowboy boots and he can kill the cockroaches in the corner.

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Old 03-21-2005, 01:00 PM   #30
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I love the sense of humor of women who will attempt working on an Airstream. We are pretty neat people aren't we? God gave us so much to be thankful for, just wish some of that had included upper body strength. Oh well, multi-tasking and common sense are pretty good trade-offs.
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Old 03-21-2005, 02:14 PM   #31
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I'll have to check those tools out. I don't plan to buy a tool for this, since I only look on it as a one-time-use concern--and really I don't want more to store. I'm also planning to rent a face mask, protective clothing and if I can, a wheely board to scoot under the thing. I'm getting to be really friendly with the rental center these days!

Right now that seems far off. I'm pushing hard these days just to complete my current projects...

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Old 03-21-2005, 02:27 PM   #32
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try an impact screw driver.

it is a tool that you loosen screws by hitting the back of it with a hammer!

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Wow, that is great. I wonder what other tools are out there that I can't live without, but don't know about.

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Old 03-21-2005, 03:49 PM   #33
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This thread is great!

Could be time we had an all ladies vintage working rally/gathering/rendezvous or what ever!

How many can hook up their rigs? if Yes then lets go for it! Only problem look at the posters we are all over the map from the west coast to the east coast up north in CND and south in Florida.

Maybe we should start requesting some seminars to meet our needs - those long lonely days and nights the Hubby is working - and yet so much work to be done on the Coach.

PS don't replace that flatehead with another flatehead - worst invention made - go for a phillips or robbie - minimal upper body strenght required! Oh and don't sell yourselves short ladies - with have more upper body strength than we know what to do with - for example we can render a man sensless in one split second with our upper body strength
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Old 03-21-2005, 04:56 PM   #34
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removing pop rivets

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Hey John, tell me about those little rivets too. I want to remove some of them and then replace when I've fixed what I'm after.
juel,

those are easy! two methods:

one, use a sharp drill bit to remove the "head" of the rivet. this is the most accurate way to remove them, you just need to know the right size of bit to use. most interior rivits on an airstream can be drilled out with an 1/8 inch bit.

you will find this task a bit tricky because the remainder of pop rivets tend to get stuck on the drill bit. just get a pliers, grasp the head of the rivet stuck on the bit and put the drill in reverse. this will spin the rivit head right off!

two, use a sharp small cold chisel. you can place the chisel under the head of the rivet and give it a whack with a small hammer! the head of the rivet will pop right off! the remaining shank of the rivet can be removed by driving it through the ribs with a small drift punch.

this method is fast and best left for areas that cannot be harmed by marring the surface. you will slightly scratch the underlying aluminum some with the chisel.

hope this helps!

i have to go put my lineman boots on and go squash some bugs now.....

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to install the interior rivets you need a "pop" rivet tool.

again they and the rivets that go with them are available at any good hardware store.

a nice pop rivet tool looks like this:




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Old 03-21-2005, 05:45 PM   #36
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next question...

how do them rivets work?

here is a page that explains how the tool pictured above works and what the rivets look like!

http://www.emhart.com/products/pop/rivets2.htm

here is a little secret, if you master the use of the pop rivet tool on the inside you can repair items on the outside too!

olyimpic rivets that everyone mentions here are just fancy "pop" rivets!

you just need yet another fancy tool to finish them off, we can get into that later.....

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Don't fergit ya gotta use Aluminum rivets. Those Stainless steel ones will damage the back side, or possibly crack the plastic, too much pressure required to snap.....
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Old 03-21-2005, 06:23 PM   #38
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Don't forget, man is a creature designed with two heads - and only enough blood to circulate to one at a time!

Seriously, I don't have a husband (and his new wife doesn't have a good one) so we could have a ladies only forum, but lets spend it constructively. Of course, we could let the men come as long as they wear kilts and show us a little leg!

I'm in Virginia and I have a new unit, but I'm very impressed with what some of the renovaters and restorers have done. So if I'm invited I'll make every effort to show up.

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Good link, John, that does look like a good rivet tool. I used your basic one from ACE and the grip is too wide for me to comfortable use, and it's harder than h*ll to squeeze tight enough to put the rivets in. My hands were sore and bruised by the time I got done. I would have rather had a better designed rivet tool! Maybe I'll look for a better one to keep in my trailer toolkit, along with the extra rivets just in case.
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Ok, I'm going to go tool shopping. Actually I had my own tools when I married Bob two years ago, but he loved them so much they ran away with him to some distant job site. I'm going to also try to put a picture of my Argosy in the post. Hope it works. Judy
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Aren't those 24's a honey to tow? Mmm-mmm-mmm! Nice pictures BTW.
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Old 03-21-2005, 07:38 PM   #42
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Where the heck are you women finding all these men with upper-body strength AND mechanical acumen? Every one I've ever dated has been an absolute disaster in the latter department.
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